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Ranching Catalogue Part 3
Items 2615-2639

The items in this catalogue have been sold. This catalogue was issued in print form in 2016, and is presented in full on our website as a courtesy to users and for reference purposes.

2615. HOLMAN, Frederick V. Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1907. 301 [1] [2, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait, plate. 8vo, original dark green cloth, t.e.g. Slight shelf wear, otherwise fine.

First edition. Clark & Brunet 123. Smith 4583. Tweney, Washington 89 #31. “Because of his years and influence at Fort Vancouver, and the important role he played in the development of the Northwest, Dr. McLoughlin deserves this place in history. This is a well-written biography.... Over 100 pages at the end of the book reproduce important documents.” Contains material on the 1837 cattle drive from California to Oregon, the Willamette Cattle Company, and the Hudson’s Bay Company monopoly on cattle. $35.00


2616. [HOLMES, Lucia]. The Lucia Holmes Diary, 1875-1876: The Hoo-Doo War Years. [Mason, Texas: Mason County Historical Commission, 1985]. [4] 118 pp. 4to, original blue wrappers with photographic illustration, stapled with black cloth tape at spine. Back wrapper with irregular tear (about 13 cm), internally fine.

First edition. Fred White Sr. note: “This is, as far as is known, the only local history written of the Hoo Doo War (described in Webb, TX Rangers). Recorded by a perceptive woman. Uncommon.” The Mason County Hoo Doo War erupted over cattle rustling and those who took the law into their own hands. Armed bands raided settlements spreading fear and unrest. Loyal Valley citizen Tim Williamson was murdered by a dozen masked vigilantes who accused him of cattle theft. A reign of terror followed. $50.00


2617. HOLT, R. D. “Barbed Wire” in The Texas Monthly 4:2 (September 1929). Pp. 174-85. 8vo, original orange printed wrappers. Lightly worn, otherwise fine.

First printing. Also contains an interesting article by Ramon F. Adams, “Billy the Kid’s Lost Years.” $10.00


2618. HOLT, R. D. (ed.). Schleicher County; or, Eighty Years of Development in Southwest Texas. El Dorado, Texas: The El Dorado Success, 1930. iv, 110 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original blue wrappers with photographic illustration on front wrapper. Lightly worn, overall very good to fine.

First edition. CBC 4023. Herd 1058: “Scarce.... Contains some information on the cattle of that county.” Extensive county history including many biographies and numerous plates of local scenes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. $35.00


2619. HOMSHER, Lola M. The History of Albany County, Wyoming to 1880. [Lusk, Wyoming]: Privately published, [1965]. v [1] 110 pp., illustrations, tables, map. 8vo, original white pictorial wrappers. Fine.

Thesis submitted for Master of Arts at University of Wyoming, 1949. Ranching, mining, and railroads are some of the primary topics in this local history of the Laramie region. $10.00


2620. HONDIUS, Eleanor E. Memoirs of Eleanor E. Hondius of Elkhorn Lodge. Boulder: Pruett Press, 1964. 62 pp., photographs. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers. Fine.

First edition. In the early 1900s, Eleanor Estes James Hondius was the proprietor of Elkhorn Lodge, the oldest continually inhabited structure in Estes Park, Colorado. Eleanor’s father, William Edward James, came to Colorado in 1874 and managed to secure some land along the Fall River in spite of the Earl of Dunraven’s land-grab in the area (one way the Earl attempted to preserve the land was by establishing it as cattle range). Eleanor’s father planned to develop a ranch on his land but soon learned he could make more money caring for summer guests than raising cattle. Excellent period photographs, including one showing Eleanor riding Patsy, her favorite horse, sidesaddle in immaculate riding attire replete with magnificent hat. $75.00


2621. HONIG, Donald. In the Days of the Cowboy. New York: Random House, [1970]. [11] 74 [5] pp., illustrations (many photographic), maps, brands, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original orange pictorial cloth. Very fine in price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Juvenile with many great documentary photographs—ranch life, roundups, trail driving, stampedes, cowtowns, etc. $20.00


2622. Hoofs and Horns. 5 issues: 9:3-5 (September, October & November 1939); 10:10-11 (April & May 1941). Tucson: [Hoofs and Horns Publishing Company], 1939-1941. 5 issues, 4to, original multicolor pictorial wrappers, illustrated. Upper wrapper of May 1941 issue detached, otherwise condition is very good.

First printings. Wallace, Arizona History 106. In 1933 ardent rodeo fan Ethel A. Hopkins purchased Hoofs and Horns Magazine, a weekly cattle paper that had ceased publication during the depression. She re-conceptualized Hoofs and Horns, first publishing it in October of 1933 as a monthly magazine, shifting the focus towards the sport of rodeo while still accommodating the interests of cattlemen. $100.00


2623. HOOKER, William Francis. The Prairie Schooner. Chicago: Saul Brothers, 1918. 156 pp., color frontispiece, 1 photographic plate, full-page text illustrations. 12mo, original green pictorial cloth. Fine in d.j. with light to moderate staining on back panel.

First edition. Guns 1017: “Scarce.” Rader, p. 157. Smith 4611. The author’s reminiscences of his life as a Wyoming bullwhacker, with much on Native Americans, Bill Hickok, and Cheyenne. Due to the bullish nature of this book, there is peripheral mention of ranching. Sampling of comments: “Cattle ranches with their great herds came first, then sheep.” “Among the bull-train magnates of the early 70s were Charley Clay...and Jack Hunton.... Both built ranches in the Chugwater country along the trail leading from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie.... Both Hunton and Clay used their ranches to range their work cattle in off seasons, although both had beef herds and lots of horses. These ranch houses were protected from Indians by less than a dozen men at any time; but these men were fighters and were known to be such by the chiefs of the tribes that frequently roamed the territory south of the Platte.... Hunton’s and Clay’s ranch houses were loaded with firearms, looked like armories, and at the height of the shoulder in the log walls were fort holes through which guns could be fired. These were used several times, but none of the skirmishes approached in any degree the present-day pictures one sees in the movies, and I doubt if they ever did, in the West. In the first place, while the Sioux, Cheyenne and other redskins were considered especially bloodthirsty, none of them was fond of exposing his worthless carcass to a shower of bullets, even though outnumbering the whites 100 to 1.” $35.00


2624. HOOLE, W[illiam] Stanley. The James Boys Rode South, a Thrilling and Authentic New Episode in the Fabulous Lives of the Most Daring Desperadoes of Modern Times, Frank and Jesse James and Their Comrades in Crime. The Real Story, Based Largely on Newspaper Accounts and Witnesses’ Testimonies, of the Only Foray of the James Gang in the Deep South and the Subsequent Trial of Frank James in the United States Circuit Court in Huntsville, Alabama for the Robbery of a Government Paymaster at Muscle Shoals, March 11, 1881. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Privately printed for the author, 1955. 52 pp., one text illustration from an original drawing by Charles Brooks. 8vo, original textured grey paper wrappers with vignette of two guns illustrated on upper wrapper. Very fine. Uncommon.

First edition, limited edition (#173 of 525 copies, signed by author). Guns 1018. The author relates the story of the James Boys’ undercover foray into rural Tennessee in 1880s, when Jesse went by the name George D. Howard and Frank was known as Ben J. Woodson. Jesse had a spread and worked as a wheat speculator and trader of cattle and horses, in addition to being a devoted member of the Methodist Church where he sang in the choir.  Jesse was killed in April of 1882. The author dedicates this book “To Frank and Jesse—I don’t know what I would have done without them….” $75.00


2625. HOOVER, H. A. Early Days in the Mogollons (Muggy-yones): Tales from the Bloated Goat. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1958. 61 [2] pp., frontispiece map, illustrations. 8vo, original grey cloth. Fine, in two dust jackets.

First edition, limited edition (75 copies in cloth). Guns 1019. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 104A (stating edition limited to 125 in cloth). Mohr, The Range Country 687: “Ranching in New Mexico.” Designed by Carl Hertzog and with introduction and notes by Francis L. Fugate. $50.00


2626. HOPKINS, John A. Economic History of the Production of Beef Cattle in Iowa. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1928. xii [4] 248 pp. 8vo, original olive buckram, spine gilt-lettered, t.e.g. Very fine, untrimmed and mostly unopened, in glassine d.j. and original shipping box with “Hopkins: Beef Cattle Prod” stamped on lid.

First edition, limited edition (600 copies). Herd 1061. Iowa Economic History Series 8, edited by Benjamin F. Shambaugh. Over 150 interviews were collected from ranchers, settlers, bankers, and cowboys. Comprehensive history of the evolution of the cattle industry, with emphasis on economic factors. $20.00


2627. HOPPER, W. L. (Bill). Famous Texas Landmarks. Dallas: Arrow Press, 1966. 107 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original olive cloth. Fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Guns 1021: “Mentions Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, and Billy the Kid, as well as many Texas Rangers.” Chapter on “Landmarks in Ranching” with discussion of Charles Goodnight’s JA Ranch, the XIT Ranch, the King Ranch, etc. $25.00


2628. HOPPING, R. C. “The Ellwoods: Barbed Wire and Ranches” in The Museum Journal 6 (1962). Pp. 1-81, photographic plate and map. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

First edition. $10.00


2629. HOPPING, R. C. A Sheriff-Ranger in Chuckwagon Days. [New York]: Pageant Press, [1952]. [10] 246 pp., frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original grey cloth. Some staining to covers, internally fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:189. Guns 1022: “As a sheriff of a West Texas county, the author naturally came in contact with some of the outlaws of his day.” Range experiences in Texas and Oklahoma at the turn of the nineteenth century, with chapters on “The H-Bar Ranch,” “Protection for the Cattlemen,” and “Burnt Brand,” plus much collateral information on trail drives, outlaws, etc. $10.00


2630. HORAN, James D. Across the Cimarron. New York: Crown Publishers, [1956]. xvi, 301 pp., photographic plates. 8vo, original tan cloth over rose boards. Very fine in fine d.j. by Eggenhofer. Signed by author.

First edition. Guns 1024. Herd 1062. Includes a chapter on Kate O’Leary, “the Belle of Dodge,” and a great deal of information on other women from all walks of life in Dodge City and Cimarron at the end of the nineteenth century. $25.00


2631. HORAN, James D. Across the Cimarron. New York: Crown Publishers, [1956]. Another copy. Very fine in fine d.j. $15.00


2632. HORAN, James D. Desperate Men: Revelations from the Sealed Pinkerton Files. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [1949]. xx, 296 pp., plates, portraits, facsimile, endpaper maps. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fine in lightly worn, price-clipped d.j.

First edition. Guns 1025. History of the James brothers, the Younger brothers, and the Wild Bunch. Preface by Robert A. Pinkerton, II. The chapters on “The West” and “The King of the Rustlers” are filled with information on cattle barons and cattle rustling. $15.00


2633. HORAN, James D. Desperate Women. New York: Putnam, [1952]. xiv, 336 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original ecru cloth. Fine in d.j. (short tear at lower edge of upper panel).

First edition. Guns 1027: “An entertaining book.... Nothing new has been added to the stories of Calamity Jane and Belle Starr.... Has some new material on Cattle Kate, Pearl Hart, and Rose of Cimarron.” Winegarten, p. 204. Also contains the less widely known story of “Little Jo” Monaghan, a cowpoke and gunfighter who rode the range disguised as a man for forty years. About half of the women covered were spies in the Civil War, and a few were prostitutes. $20.00


2634. HORAN, James D. Desperate Women. New York: Bonanza Books, n.d. xiv, 336 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original red cloth. Fine in fine d.j. designed by Charles V. John.

Reprint. $5.00


2635. HORAN, James D. The Great American West: A Pictorial History from Coronado to the Last Frontier. New York: Crown Publishers Inc., [1959]. 288 pp., plates (some in color), portraits, maps, facsimiles. Folio, original half tan cloth over black cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.

First edition. Guns 1028: “Has a chapter dealing with most of the better-known western outlaws, as well as the famous O K Corral fight.” Pictorial history with over 650 illustrations, including over 500 photographs, many here published for the first time. Native Americans, ranching, mining, pioneer life, outlaws, slavery, etc. $15.00


2636. HORAN, James D. & Paul Sann. Pictorial History of the Wild West: A True Account of the Bad Men, Desperadoes, Rustlers, and Outlaws of the Old West—and the Men Who Fought Them to Establish Law and Order. New York: Crown Publishers, [1954]. 254 pp., numerous photographic illustrations, maps, and facsimiles. 4to, original half terracotta cloth over turquoise pictorial boards. Very fine in fine d.j.

First edition. Adams, Burs I:193: “These authors do much to correct some of the false legends about Western outlaws and gunmen.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 60 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #123). Guns 1031. Herd 1063: “Has a section on cowboys and cattle trails.” $20.00


2637. HORGAN, Paul. Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. New York & Toronto: Rinehart, 1954. [2, limitation page] xviii [8, color plates] 447 + ix [1] [8, color plates] [449]-1020 pp., 4 maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original tan cloth, t.e.g. Very fine in publishers’ lightly worn slipcase. Signed by Horgan. Bookplate of Carl Hertzog.

First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies, specially illustrated with 16 added color plates, and signed by author). Basic Texas Books 95A: “This is the most thorough and the most civilized account of the vast region draining into the river that forms 900 miles of Texas border.” CBC 653 and 14 additional entries. Herd 1065. Greene, Fifty Best Books on Texas 78. Powell, Southwestern Book Trails, p. 19: “The most ambitious and impressive of all Southwestern river books.” Tate, Indians of Texas 169. Wynar 1925. A Pulitzer Prize winner. $150.00


2638. HORGAN, Paul. Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Co., 1954. xv [1] 447 + vii [1] [448]-1020 pp., 4 maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original black cloth, spines gilt-lettered. Fine in publishers’ lightly worn slipcase.

First trade edition of preceding. Basic Texas Books 93. $40.00


2639. HORGAN, Paul. The Return of the Weed.... Illustrated with Original Lithographs by Peter Hurd. New York & London: Harper, 1936. [6] 97 pp., tipped-in title illustration, plates. 8vo, original green cloth. Spine faded, else fine in repaired publisher’s slipcase. Horgan’s signed presentation copy to Carl Hertzog.

First edition, limited edition (350 copies signed by Horgan and Hurd). Dobie, p. 181: “Modern life in the past-haunted New Mexico.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Hurd 91). Powell, Heart of the Southwest 54: “Seven deserted buildings mostly in southern New Mexico, from a Mission of the 1680s to a modern filling station, stimulate the author to imagine what led to their abandonment. The stories are simple and excellent.” Several of the stories are set on ranches. $450.00